Working within a variety of media and visual traditions, Kenneth Steinbach’s artwork speaks into personal and cultural histories that are continually updated, altered and discarded. About his work he states: "I am curious about the stories that are etched into our environment, the objects, materials and spaces that are invested with meanings that reveal who we are in complicated ways. The conflicting and incongruent narratives they evoke are a revealing map of human experience, in many ways richer in their naked complexity, contradiction, and temporality than any formal history". Recent investigations have focused on works that explore the history of failed and discarded fiat currencies, turning imagery extrapolated from these currencies into large field drawings, installations, and prints.
Kenneth is the recipient of the 8th (2018-2019) Bethel University Professor Award, an award “to recognize and celebrate extraordinary faculty accomplishments within and beyond Bethel University.”, and a member of the 2018 Matter and Spirit research seminar in China through the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, Calvin College. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Sculpture, he has received several grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and grants in direct support of his work and research from Bethel University. Recent exhibits include The Voice of the People at Trykkeriet Center for Printmaking in Bergen, Norway, Transmissions at Blue Star Museum in San Antonio, Mappa Mundi at the Silverwood Park Gallery in Minneapolis, Kenneth Steinbach at Circa Gallery in Minneapolis, and Theories of Forgetting at St. John’s University. His work was also included in Americana at the Soap Factory, (curated by Ben Heywood), and Walker on the Green at the Walker Art Center (with David Denninger). He is the recipient of the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer award in visual art from the Lily Foundation, a Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, and Edgren Scholars Grant from Bethel University. Kenneth resides in Minneapolis with his wife Kari, a theatrical director. He is Professor of Art at Bethel University, where he teaches classes in Materials, Space, and Meaning, Sculpture, Senior Seminar in Art, and Creative Practices.
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